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thanks to all of you at home joining us. this sunday morning, jake talks to senator jeff flake of arizona. of course, knows john mccain well and congressman adam schiff. all starts at 9:00 a.m. on sunday. our coverage continues now with wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, breaking news. money man talks. the president's inner circle is looking more like a semicircle adds one ally after another pulls out. now, the chief financial officer of the trump organization the man who knows the secrets of every deal is granted immunity. pulls the plug. citing a lack of progress on denuclearization. why is the president sending warmest regards and respect to
kim jong-un? battling sessions. as the president privately gumbles about firing attorney general jeff sessions and mocks him publicly in a series of tweets, sessions is finally hitting back. do the president's attacks only make him look weak? discontinuing treatment. senator john mccain's family said he's decided to halt the treatment in the fight against brain cancer as politicians praise his service, his heroism and his friendship. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." breaking news. another huge crack in the crumbling wall of loyalty around donald trump. the chief financial officer of the trump organization, allen weisselberg, has been granted immunity by federal prosecutors.
the source tells cnn the deal focuses in on the investigation of hush money payments by former trump fixer michael cohen to two women who alleged affairs with trump. a former insider said weisselberg knows where all the financial bodies are buried. i'll speak with correspondents and specialists standing by with full coverage. let's begin and cnn's chief white house correspondent jim acosta is standing by. jim, as close confidants turn against the president, he must be feeling a lot of pressure. >> reporter: pressure is on, wolf. it is another legal blow for president trump in a week that has been critical in the russia investigation. and the president is continuing to take out his frustrations on attorney general jeff sessions. my colleagues here at the white house and i are told that the president has been fuming about firing his attorney general as recently as the last few weeks but so far he's been talked off the ledge.
president trump remains silent as he left with the first lady for a speech in ohio with a growing list of legal worries hot on his tail. >> my chief financial officer allen weisselberg. >> reporter: the latest concern, federal prosecutors granted immunity to allen weisselberg. more critically, he is the long time chief financial officer of the trump organization, the private company whose finances are cloaked in secrecy. a source on the legal team down played the cooperation which could be crucial as prosecutors unravel the plot helmed by michael cohen to funnel hush money to women alleging affairs with the president. the attorney for one of the women, stormy daniels, michael avenatti, believes more may be at stake. >> the only reason to give immunity to mr. weisselberg is looking beyond michael cohen. they would need potentially his testimony and cooperation to look at someone else higher up the food chain if you will.
there's only one person that that is likely to be and that is donald trump. >> do you think you're a -- >> reporter: cohen can be heard on a radio tape obtained by cnn talking to mr. trump about weisselberg, the apparent subject, making payments to cover up the past behavior. >> i've spoken to allen weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up with -- >> what are we going to do? >> with funding. yes. and it's all the stuff. >> reporter: a big question is how the president decides to respond. he once told "the new york times" an investigation in the family's finances would cross a red line. >> mueller's looking at your finances and family's finances unrelated to russia, is that a red line? >> that would be a breach of the actual -- i would say yes. >> i would say yes. >> the president sources say has fumed for months to fire attorney general jeff sessions. one day after sessions insisted the justice department would
remain independent, mr. trump appeared to mock that notion tweeting, department of justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. jeff, this is great. what everyone wants. so look into all the corruption on the other side. adding, come on, jeff. you can do it. the country is waiting firefighter. >> the president's had the executive branch and he decides who serves in his cabinet and to continue to criticize the attorney general i think makes the president appear weak. >> reporter: a person keeping a safe distance, vice president pence. who steered clear of mr. trump's legal turmoil at a speech in washington. instead pence advised the crowd to get the news from word of mouth not the media. >> i hold the view that the most powerful media in america is not television news. it's not the internet or social media. i've always believed and still believed the most powerful media in america has always been and
will be word of mouth. >> reporter: the president declined to speak to reporters before leaving for ohio this afternoon but the image of his departure did speak volumes even amidst the questions of porn stars and payoffs this week. the president was joined by the first lady right at his side. wolf? >> jim, thank you. jim acosta over at the white house. more now on truly stunning news that the chief financial officer for the trump organization in new york, allen weisselberg, given immunity. let's bring in cnn's kara scandel. how significant is this? >> reporter: wolf, when he was subpoenaed last month for testimony in the investigation of michael cohen, a former trump organization employee told cnn that this was the ultimate nightmare scenario for trump because what weisselberg knows anything and everything about the trump organization's finances. and, wolf, that's because he is the trump organization's chief financial officer. he's been with the company for
decades. he's even worked with trump's father before he joined trump's organization. he -- when trump became the president, he put weisselberg in control of the company along with the two sons and his knowledge is not just at the trump organization. he's helped prepare donald trump's taxes and he's a treasurer of the trump found decision and the ties with donald trump are very deep, wolf. >> know about the specifics of the immunity deal? >> reporter: right, wolf. a source tells us that weisselberg was given immunity for the testimony. he went in and testified about several weeks ago. the questions were focused on michael cohen and the payments that surrounding those hush money payments to women and that weisselberg not called back to testify so it appears as though it's limited and of course we can't rule out that there could be other things or other areas that the prosecutors would want to talk to him about. >> you know, one other thing, kara. he might not be the only legal
concern for the trump administration right now. talk about that. >> reporter: last night "the new york times" reported that the manhattan district attorney's office led by vance considering a criminal investigation of the trump organization related to hush money payments and saw in the criminal information of michael cohen pleaded guilty to this week the trump organization facilitated the payments a ennow an area that according to "the new york times" the manhattan district attorney's office is considering pursuing. they have not returned a call for comment. we do know from the trump -- we know from a source that a trump organization is not contacted yet by the manhattan district attorney's office and the lawyer for the organization declined to comment, wolf. >> thank you very much. joining us now democratic congressman reuben guillgo. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> how significant is this immunity deal for allen
weisselberg? >> wolf, number one, probably get some information that the trump -- donald trump and the administration in general avoiding. you know, where are donald trump's taxes and money coming from? who does he owe debts to? who does -- who are the people he's having -- contracts with? all the things that the trump administration and donald trump still have refused to answer for many years and we could see who's having the influence on donald trump that american public has not had a chance to ask and the republicans in congress have not done any oversight and a good opportunity to hold him accountable. had to be done this way instead of the normal ways of congress. >> do you think this is a sign that prosecutors are looking beyond the cohen, michael cohen case, to potential criminal violations by other people in the president's orbit? >> i think -- obviously, i think we're dealing with professionals. if they see serious crimes being
done or having been done in the past they'll prosecute them in the commission obviously of an investigating when's happening with the president and his past dealings. i do think, also, potentially start drilling deeper into the amount of influence that russian oligarchs had in terms of buying property. look. donald trump and the donald trump association was not run well for many years and relied on foreign llcs to buy their properties for many years. sometimes at losses. you know? and many of them coming from russia. so how much of that was actually done to, you know, genuinely put money overseas and money laundering and how much came overseas in the election to help the president potentially win the 2016 presidential election? these are the questions that potentially could be answered by the cfo. >> based on the michael cohen plea deal earlier this week, based on that deal alone, congressman, is there enough
evidence to begin impeachment proceedings against the president in the house of representatives? >> i think it's actually important that we let mueller finish the investigation. what we know so far is he's run a very good, tight operation that he's been able to turn over enough information to continue the legitimacy of this investigation and i think we as politicians should not jump into the middle of this before the final report and would diminish the power of the final report and i think we have still time to bite that apple should it come to it. but i don't think it's actually in the best interest of the justice should we jump the gun right now. >> if the democrats were ache to control of the house of representatives in the midterm elections in november, do you think the leadership in your party will push for impeachment or not? >> i think we'd have to -- honestly, i think we have to wait to see what the investigation comes back. if the investigation comes back
and show definitive crimes that the president conducted, we should not be afraid of going down that road. but it is i think a little premature to just assume right now that we could impeach the president until the investigation is done and talking about it i think potentially discredits the investigation that mueller's doing currently. >> the president and his attorneys say they won't consider pardons until after the mueller probe is over. is that a signal to you, congressman, is it a signal to manafort that a pardon could be coming? >> well, they could but, you know, if they start moving in that direction for me that's a clear red line. essentially engaging in obstruction of justice and though it's legal for him to issue a pardon i would consider that obstruction of justice and that itself is an impeachable offense and, you know, i think the president has to tread very carefully if he wants to play that game but right now the deck is really stacked against him
and he should consider carefully every word he says and everything he tweets out. >> the president as you know renewed the attacks, public attacks, on the attorney general of the united states jeff sessions. some of sessions' most ardent defenders including lindsey graham seem open to replacing the attorney general after the midterm elections. do you think republicans in congress will give the president cover if he decides to fire sessions? >> absolutely. the republicans in congress have shown that they're quite cowards coming to standing up to the president and upholding the constitution of the united states. and given the opportunity should the president fire sessions, you would see almost zero acts of courage coming from the republican caucus, senate or house. they don't -- they don't have it in them. maybe they'll tweet something out. they'll say that, you know, they're very worried or they're, you know, concerned but in the end they all fold, they folded every time. i wouldn't be surprised if they fold again if the president does
this. >> thank you for joining us. >> thank you. more breaking news right now. the family of senator john mccain said he decided to discontinue treatment in the light and difficult fight against an aggressive form of brain cancer that produced an outpouring of tributes of politicians and lawmakers across the political spectrum praising him as a great hero and a friend. our chief political correspondent dana bash with us right now. dana, that's the latest? what are you learning? >> it is grim. not good. i mean, wolf, the idea that john mccain, somebody who -- for whom fight is basically part of his name, part of his being, part of his soul has decided that treatment is just not going to work an he wants to give it up at this point tells you a lot. look. when the senator was diagnosed a year ago july, so it's been about 13 months, sanjay gupta and others who are experts in this horrible form of brain cancer said that the life
expectancy is about 14 months. but you and i and everybody else around the world, frankly, who have gotten to know the story of john mccain and we are lucky to know the man john mccain know that rules don't usually apply to him talking about the mortality. but now it looks like they are. look. he is almost -- he is in his 80s. his birthday is next week. as the statement from his family made clear, that obviously has taken a toll. his age and this horrible, horrible brain cancer he's been suffering from. >> we both covered him for a long time and blessed to interview him on many occasions and gotten to know him. what do you think he hopes his legacy will be? >> what's remarkable about john mccain is that we don't have to guess. because he has written speeches. he has written books with his long-time collaborator and very, very close confidant mark salter about this very thing, about
leadership, about america's place in the world and about his place in the world and one of the final big speeches that mccain gave was in october of last year. he was in philadelphia getting an award and here's what he said. >> it's not been perfect service, to be sure, and there are probably times when the country might have benefited a little less of my help. but i have tried to deserve the privilege as best i can and i've been repaid 1,000 times over with adventures, good company, with the satisfaction of serving something more important than myself. of being a bit player in the extraordinary story of america. and i am so grateful. >> that was also part of a book that he most recently wrote with mark salter called "the restless wave." and, you know, i'm reading and re-reading parts of it where he
quotes his love earnest hemming way. a great lover of fiction, particularly earnest hemming way and the character of michael jordan talking about how much he loved life and fought good fights and please don't be sad for me because i've had a great run and that's what he says and, you know, certainly that's what he and his family want people to think and hard to not be sad and the voice of john mccain that's very much missing in the turbulent environment. >> great american patriot. a wonderful man and at this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with him, very, very loving family. dana, thanks so much. >> thank you, wolf. there's more breaking news to follow. the trump organization's top money man granted immunity by prosecutors investigating hush money payments. could their probe expand to the president himself? and a federal investigator starts looking into the president's finances, would that mean crossing a red line?
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part one, and part two is a continuing investigation into the trump organization financial dealings then this could be a very big deal, yes. >> what do we know? you have been doing a lot of reporting on this. on the nature of the immunity deal. >> the interesting thing is as my colleagues have found out is that so far the questioning of immunity deal of weisselberg to do with michael cohen and the hush money payments and that weisselberg is not called back and seems at least right now it's been pretty narrow in scope but as michael pointed out this isn't where it ends. >> how likely is it that the federal prosecutors in the southern district of new york are cooperating, working very closely with the special counsel, robert mueller about giving, for example, immunity to weisselberg? >> i would think if weisselberg is part of a broader financial
crimes investigation as to which mueller has a work stream and southern district of new york has a work stream, they share. there's sharing of prosecutors so i expect they would be coordinating if they both have work streams that touch on trump organization and financial -- >> both part of the justice department and report up the chain of command of justice department and presumably working in tandem. let's not forget the mueller special investigator, he referred all of the michael cohen stuff to the southern district of new york. >> that's right. what we don't know is what was mueller looking at coming across cohen he made the referral? may be an indication he was looking at financial crimes for trump and this was incidental to that and passed it off. >> i know you handled money laundering cases working as a special assistant to robert mueller at the justice department. could mueller be investigating
the trump organization finances in connection with the broader russia probe? >> the mandate that mueller has is counter intelligence, coordination with counter intelligence effort and other crimes that he comes across that may arise out of that investigation. i would think that if he felt that there was a connection between russia and the coordination and the trump organization just as we saw in the manafort case when he moved to dismiss the indictment, judge jackson said it makes sense to look at manafort because of his ties to russia and the ukraine and the same argument with respect to the trump organization and that would fall in mueller's mandate. >> you have done a lot of reporting on the russia investigation. as you remember, more than a year ago, the president drew a red line in the interview with "the new york times" asked if it would be a red line if they started investigating his personal family business, his business ties, all of that, the trump organization, for example,
clearly federal prosecutors are now doing the business dealings. you think this is something that mueller specifically is looking into the trump business, the trump organization? >> we know he's looking into corners of this because we know in the past he's asked witnesses about this trump tower deal in moscow that never really came to fruition and what they knew about that and the timing of that in relation to the campaign. the thing we don't know, we have the small window into what mueller is up to is how far that went, how deep that went. did he decide to dig deeper into the trump organization finances or into donald trump's personal finances? we just don't have a good indication of that but i think as michael pointed out it's too soon to say and to say anything is off the table. he could know much more about the inner workings of the trump organization and have the documents than we're aware of. >> if mueller came across an indication that trump was indebted to russian oligarchs
similar to manafort, and that that informed the way he behaved in the campaign, i don't think there's a way that mueller can avoid looking at that. there's evidence that we know of that in the public record but if he saw it, he'd have to look at it. >> thank you very, very much. we'll stay on top of the story. long-time chief financial officer of the trump organization, the man who knows about all of the president's business deals has immunity granted by federal prosecutors. so what did he tell them? and could the immunity granted to his company's money man mean big trouble for the president? stay with us. you're in "the situation room." yep, thanks guys. i think he might need some support. yes. start them off right, with the school supplies they need at low prices all summer long. like these for only $2 or less at office depot officemax. mom: okay we need to get all your school supplies today. school... grade... done. done.
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we're following multiple breaking stories including the revolution gnat trump organization's chief financial officer, there you see him, allen weisselberg, granted immunity by the u.s. attorney's office investigating the president's former personal attorney michael cohen. our political and legal specialists are here to talk about this very important development. mark preston, for decades he's been part of the trump organization, worked the way up to becoming the chief financial officer. how much does weisselberg know about what's going on within trump's business? >> he knows enough that he decided he was going to go and ask for immunity from the federal prosecutors and clearly he knows something. we often talk about a one-two punch in politic that is will take out a candidate.
what we saw this week is donald trump got a one-two-three punch in politics. michael cohen flip. david pecker, good friend who was doing catch and kill stories flip. and then now weisselberg as you said has decided to work. this is why it's so important to try to work with prosecutors. a couple of things. one, he did trump's taxes so he knows where the money is, oversaw the charity. we know all the problems with the charity. he's also the only family must be a trustee of the president's trust. talk about where all the bodies are buried and the money is hiding, he knows. >> if pecker knows this much and if michael cohen knows this much, allen weisselberg knows a whole lot more. >> so much of what you can fit in here. >> not only business dealings, personal life of the president, as well. joey jackson, what goes into a decision by a u.s. attorney to grant someone immunity? how difficult is this? what do they hope to get in
return? talk a little bit about that. >> so one thing, wolf. it comes down to we talk about the is. investigations, impeachment, indictment. this is something that's significant and that's information. that the end of the day prosecutors have to make a decision and that decision is who do you want? who's more important? who do we really want to focus our attention on? and the event that someone has critical information to lead to the target of that investigation, prosecutors protect you, a deal made, to get to who they want. so what do they need? they need information relative to what they're looking for. this is all about finance. you follow the money. you get the money trail and you get to where you need. he knows everything. deals that were cut. taxes that were done. bank loans. bank information. assets. liabilities. balance sheets. so this is significant. and apparently he does know enough to mark's point that prosecutors said, hey, let's make a deal.
final point, wolf, not only should we be talking about this but talking about the manhattan district attorney's office investigation. i'll tell you why briefly. former office, number one, in the event they investigate to the extent that trump has no part and power over state crimes, what would be of interest to me is to know how people would crack under knowing that, look, tell me what you want. we won't prosecute you. if they know the president doesn't have their back as it relates to pardons so therefore that investigation is going to be critical in terms of gathering intel and prosecutors saying you want a deal or go to jail? trump with no authority to protect. >> weisselberg not a household name but michael cohen recorded the president discussing that $150,000 payoff payment to karen mcdougall, michael cohen said i'm going to work out the
reimbursement, all the money with allen weisselberg. this is a very significant player right now. how worried should the president be? >> i think we should all be watching what else? donald trump's twitter feed. i think in the next 24 hours, look, this is -- we keep hearing it over and over again. the nightmare scenario for trump. it is. i was looking -- look at trump's own words about weisselberg. he wrote think like a billionaire, mr. trump writes. allen has been with me for 30 years. and knows how to get things done. that says it all. to mark's point and joey's point, remember the other thing of an immunity deal. donald trump has nothing to offer him. there is no pardon. he doesn't need a pardon. so there is absolutely no incentive not to completely cooperate. >> right. rachel, you remember last year the president said if they start
investigating his business, personal life, family business, that's a red line. they cross that, he didn't say what he would do but certainly a red line but as you know whether it's tax fraud, bank fraud or other potential financial related crimes, you have to follow the money and that clearly is what these prosecutors are doing right now. >> that's right, wolf. starting to see why trump officials were more concerned for a long time of going on in new york with the payments than the russian collusion story dominating the headlines for most of the past year. this is escalating very quickly and clearly this is why he said, you know, my trump organization's financial information red line. don't go there. trump's not a king. he can't tell the prosecutors not to go after the organization. the person who perhaps can the attorney general jeff sessions who's on the outs with the president right now. it will be interesting to see, you know, if he tries to move against sessions and put someone in place to be more favorable to him, perhaps people in new york and that would be a huge
controversy. >> i think trying to get somebody to replace sessions that's going to go through a lengthy confirmation process in the senate. rod rosenstein deputy attorney general would be attorney general acting attorney general. >> he wouldn't like that. >> meantime, and as i keep saying, the president no great fan of rod rosenstein either. stick around. more news. want everyone's thoughts about senator john mccain. his family announced he's stopping treatment for brain cancer. the right path? we have postmenopausal osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture, so with our doctors we chose prolia® to help make our bones stronger. only prolia® helps strengthen bones by stopping cells that damage them with 1 shot every 6 months. do not take prolia® if you have low blood calcium, are pregnant, are allergic to it, or take xgeva®. serious allergic reactions, like low blood pressure; trouble breathing; throat tightness; face, lip or tongue swelling, rash, itching or hives have happened. tell your doctor about dental problems, as severe jaw bone problems may happen
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we're back with the political and legal experts. very sad news of john mccain. he told the family he wants to stop medical treatment. you know, i put together some clips. this is the president of the united states speaking about john mccain over these past several months, even while senator mccain was fighting brain cancer. >> early in the morning, a man walked in and he said, thumbs down. thumbs down. that was not good. >> john mccain came in and went down thumbs down at 3:00 in the morning. >> we had obamacare beat. >> we had a gentleman late into the morning hours go thumbs down. that was not a good thing he did. that was not a good thing for our people, for our country. >> i mean you, you look at mccain, what mccain has done is a tremendous slap in the face of the republican party. tremendous. >> senator mccain who went
against us getting good health care. >> we all remember that evening. somebody came in with a thumbs down. >> i had obamacare done except one guy at 2:00 in the morning went in and said, he went thumbs down. >> we had obamacare repealed and replaced. and a man, i won't mention his name, but a man at 2:00 in the morning went thumbs down. >> one man very early in the morning went thumbs down. >> that was a very sad day for the republican party. that was a very sad day for the country. when that vote was cast. that final vote was cast. thumbs down! >> all of that, jamie, said while senator mccain was fighting for his life after he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. >> it is unimaginable that donald trump would go out there time and time again while john mccain is battling cancer. john mccain's daughter megan
called it gross and i think that's -- that word is correct. but what was very interesting about the tape you put together there is how often donald trump won't even use his name. he is obsessed with john mccain. and john mccain has really been the standardbearer for the andy trump part of the republican party. and he cannot stand it. i will say and there is been some mention of this before that senator mccain has said that he does not want president trump at his funeral. although, it's been reported that he is inviting both president obama and president george w. bush and wants them to give eulogies. it is going to be quite a moment. we're walking up to where donald trump is going to be very alone that day. >> mark preston, what are you
hearing? >> one thing we didn't show in there is iowa describing john mccain as not a hero basically for being a p.o.w. i was that day and i remember donald trump saying it in iowa. i thought this was the end of donald trump's presidency. look where we are right now. this is what i say about john mccain. volunteered for vietnam. did a mission over hanoi. crashed. survived five and a halfp.o.w. bayonetted and a shoulder crushed and refused to get out early. >> a true hero. rachel? >> you know, that clip where we played the president saying thumbs down, the moment he killed the health care repeal bill over and over again, i'm willing to bet that's one of john mccain's proudest moments even though the president is slamming and has slammed him for that moment over and over again. look. john mccain is one of the few senators, one of the few members of congress who truly to this
day values bipartisan cooperation. these days bipartisanship is seen as a dirty word. you have republicans retreating to the right. democrats retreating to the left and he is one of the people that reached across the aisle. one other thing to be remembered for is standing up to the president. it takes a lot of courage to sink the thing your party is working on and campaigning on more than a decade needing democratic input and he will be remembered for this. >> covered senator mccain for 30 years i'm guessing. interviewed him dozens of times over the many years. always a gentleman. always so responsible. he worked really, really hard to get the job done. a great american patriot. once again, all of us wish only the best for him and his family during these difficult days right now. >> absolutely. there's more news to follow. a political career and marriage in trouble as a republican congressman and his wife go to court to face corruption charges and guess what.
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new accounts of his ugly behavior in bars and restaurants. what could be the more jars development is that the congressman now seems willing to completely hang his wife of 20 years out to dry. never a good sign for a marriage when a congressman and his wife accused together of grossly abusing campaign money enter a courthouse separately. and sits four seats apart from each other. it's never a good sign when your husband of 20 years, the congressman, says it was all her fault. >> she handled my finances throughout my entire military career and that continued on when we got to congress. she was also the campaign manager. whatever she did, that would be looked at too, i'm sure. duncan hunter's turn is surprising even in washington. >> you may see this a mob case or some kind of gang case where sometimes prosecutors getting
family members playing off each other, but for a sitting member of a congress to be accused of such serious crimes and blame it all on his spice even in the crazy era is just unprecedented. >> margaret hunter's attorney did not respond for cnn's request for comments. duncan and margaret hunter pleaded not guilty to federal charges while their personal bank accounts were allegedly way overdrawn. >> there's nothing illegal about being poor. i don't think there's anything illegal about not having money in your bank account. charging documents say he was repeatedly warned by his staff, he left her on the payroll with
access to the money. >> they were clear that these alleged crimes were commit ted - it was the two of them, not just her. >> reporter: the hunters, according to the charging document were unbridled and unrepentant. golf outings, clothes, meals, the congressman even paid airfare for a pet rabbit, and this is a tale of the hubris of power. he apparently spent money for 30 shots of tequila and a steak at a bachelor party at this restaurant and there's the account of the server. >> she said he was rowdy. >> that server didn't want to go on camera, but the journalist who interviewed her said he told -- >> they tossed his beer, ought you do.
when we came back, pizza in hand, he asked for the beer, it was gone. they thought he had left. he demanded another, so it was just, you know, another in the pattern of behavior that he seemed to show here that didn't ingratiate himself to the servers. >> congressman hunter's attorney did not respond to the accounts regarding the boorish behavior here in washington and elsewhere. neither the congressman's lawyer nor his wife's attorney have responded to our inquiry about how much they might actually cooperate against each other in this case. >> one of the most disturbing things about this indictment is this couple is alleged to have used wounded veterans as an excuse for their extravagant spending. >> it's incredible. the indictment says in one instance when duncan hunter said he was planning to buy a pair of shorts, but had run out of money, she allegedly told him to
buy the shorts at a golf pro shop, so they could falsely claim later they were buying golf balls for wounded warriors. pretty revolting. >> certainly is. thank you, brian. sfroo coming up, breaking news, federal prosecutors grant immunity to longtime financial chief of the trump organization. the man who knows about all the president's deals. what did he tell them? could their probe expand to the president himself? it's absolute confidence in 30,000 precision parts, or it isn't. it's inspected by mercedes-benz factory-trained technicians, or it isn't. it's backed by an unlimited mileage warranty, or it isn't. for those who never settle, it's either mercedes-benz certified pre-owned, or it isn't. the mercedes-benz certified pre-owned sales event, now through august 31st. only at your authorized mercedes-benz dealer.
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